The McMaster Children and Youth University program accepts volunteers from all Faculties across the University. We also accept staff as well as student volunteers.  Furthermore we also welcome volunteers from the general community. Since our programming covers a broad range of programs, expertise in a specific subject area is not required.  There are three program areas where we accept volunteers.


McMaster Students – Become a MCYU in the City Facilitator


Gain valuable training and experience delivering educational workshops in schools, libraries and other community agencies. You will develop the ability to turn complex concepts into engaging and interesting educational material and enhance your communication skills through hands-on learning. This opportunity will require you to attend a community engagement and curriculum development training sessions. Click here for more information.


Volunteer Commitment: September – May


Time Commitment: Approx. 2 hr. per week

On-Campus Lecture Volunteers


MCYU’s on-campus Lecture Series for families and youth is a free event offered once per month on a Saturday morning at McMaster’s Main St. W. Campus. We average more than 300 guests per lecture. This opportunity requires a maximum of 3 hours per month. This is a great volunteer opportunity for university and college students, high school students and members form the community looking to get involved. Volunteer roles include assisting with:

  • Registration
  • Parking instructions
  • Tracking our Learning Passport Program
  • Putting up signage
  • Ushering

MCYU Promotional Researcher


Enhance your communication and marketing skills developing on-line blogs and social media messaging to engage youth and their families. This opportunity involves researching and populating our website and social media messages with interesting facts and links associated with our programming. This position requires individuals who are curious, independent workers and innovative thinkers. Time commitment is 3 hrs per week. You will be required to attend MCYU events and drive the public discussion related to that event. There are a limited number of positions available for this opportunity. This is a great volunteer opportunity for a university or college student or new grad.


If you have any questions or are interested in having MCYU at a place near you, feel free to contact us